Current Haywood Community College professional crafts fiber student Miranda Heidler and graduates Mitsu Shimabukuro and Hannah Watson will have work in the “Of Threads, On Place” Exhibition at the Asheville Area Arts Council beginning November 1. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

This selection of historical and contemporary textiles will run through November 29 and is located at The Refinery Creator Space at 207 Coxe Avenue, Asheville. The opening reception will be November 1, 5-8 p.m. with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m.

According to, the exhibition partners archives to reveal the cultural impact cloth and making have played in our region. Participating archives include work from the Smith-McDowell House, Western Regional Archives and Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives at UNC-Asheville.

HCC’s Professional Crafts program is a two-year commitment, focusing on all aspects of becoming an independent craft professional. In addition to sharpening their technical and artistic skills in their chosen medium, students also create a marketable line of production work, plan a studio and become familiar with the craft market. Mandatory coursework includes photography of finished pieces for gaining entrance into craft shows, creating a business plan, and designing and building a studio tailored to fit production needs. 

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